Guangzhou to Hong Kong: The Through Train

It is more common for me to visit Shenzhen. It is less common for me to visit Hong Kong unless I am doing so for official reasons. It is equally more common for me to travel by train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen and that is my intention, until that is I learn of an exhibition […]

Dongguan: Tomorrowland

Disneyland for adults: What kind of imagery does that conjure up? A while ago Dongguan was officially busted for its sex dens and the poor women (whether they chose to work in the sex industry or not) humiliated before the media. So does the city deserve its reputation as nothing more than a seedy halfway […]

Shenzhen/Guangzhou: Welcome to Metroland!

A few months ago in Shenzhen, the new city to airport Line 11 was opened. Not long after that lines 7 and 9 followed. Meanwhile Guangzhou’s own metro opened Line 7 and an expansion of 6 but sadly as yet no 9 which would be useful as it will link Huadu with the ever mysterious […]

Guangzhou: Metro Museum

Welcome to the new year, already Christmas slides away like a train station platform behind us as the future opens up before us. I mention xmas merely because on that day I had the good fortune to check out a new gem in Guangzhou’s cultural cannon which according to some is running on empty. While it may […]

Hanoi: 48 Hours

  What to do with daylight in Hanoi? As it’s closest, I start by a simple stroll to St Joseph’s Cathedral which is in the midst of being dressed up for Christmas. I follow up with a walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake taking in the view of Tortoise Tower. In the immediate neighbourhood of the […]

Hanoi: Maison D’Orient

Prior to coming to Vietnam I assumed winter would be low season but alas I was mistaken and it’s the complete opposite meaning a room is slightly more tricky to come by. I sift through the guidebooks and websites looking at possibles and highlight a few. One responds to say they’re full. Another takes forever […]

Guangzhou to Hanoi: Adventure on the Train

Directions and geography underpin some of China’s provinces, city and street names. In its most common form; Bei as in Bejing (north) and Hubei, Hunan (nan = south), Guangdong (dong = east) and Guanxi (xi = west) and its the latter two that will feature in my itinerary as I first journey from Guangzhou to […]